Non-NHS / Private Work

This summary describes the practices approach with private and non-NHS work.

The Ivy Medical Group is a proud NHS provider of Primary Medical Services to our patients, free at the point of delivery and of the highest quality. There are some services, such as certain vaccinations and completion of medical reports and forms, which are chargeable as they do not fall under the terms of service of the NHS Standard Contract.

What kinds of things are chargable?

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their NHS patients are:

  • Accident/sickness insurance certificates
  • Certain travel vaccinations
  • Private medical insurance reports
  • HGV medicals

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are:

  • Medical reports for an insurance company
  • Some reports for the DSS/Benefits Agency
  • Examinations for employment purposes

How do I request non-NHS work and how much will it cost?

If you require support with non-NHS / private work, please contact our medical secretaries. Fees for non-NHS / private work will always be quoted before work is undertaken.

How long will non-NHS work take to complete?

Please note that GPs are not obliged to do any of the above work, it will always take second place to clinical work. Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his or her patients.

Please do not expect your GP to process forms overnight. You should expect the form(s) to take upto 4 weeks for the GP to complete and return. This includes simple certificates or GP signatures. When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, therefore, the doctor might have to check the patient’s entire medical record.

We will always try and complete administration requested by our patients as soon as possible but please be aware that it may take up to 28 days. We would like to thank our patients for their understanding with this process.